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Professor Agnieszka Piotrowska pHd, is the Head of Film, Media and Performing Arts and is an award-winning filmmaker and theorist. She’s best known for her internationally acclaimed experimental broadcast documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower and more recently for her collaborative drama work in Zimbabwe called ‘ground-breaking’ by African media. We asked Agnieszka what sparked her passion for film and she said “I saw the iconic filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski’s film Camera Buff (1979) when I was a kid in communist Poland. I was astonished by it. In this film, Kieślowski gives an account of how documentary filmmaking can affect the maker and those who are documented on camera. As a girl who felt disempowered in the patriarchal systems of communist Poland, dimly understanding that being feminine was not a good thing in this system, I thought of the camera as a possible talisman which could give me power – and, as years went by, in some ways it has done. “The film tells a story of an ordinary man, Filip, who buys a Super 8 movie camera on the birth of his first child, a little daughter, in order to document the happy events of the baby’s and family’s development. It is the seductive idea of controlling the world which, in Camera Buff, he gets seduced by the power the filmmaking. Kieślowski seems to suggest that there is a price to pay for this intimate engagement with the world, for the almost divine privilege of recording and re-editing the world. As the trajectory of my life unfolded, I left Poland to study in the UK and then got a traineeship at the BBC, the dream of being a documentary filmmaker kept me going. It was only much later in life that I realised the film’s deeper meaning: that the power of filmmaking carries a profound ethical dimension that needs to be interrogated and questioned, which I did in my PhD and continue doing in all the work I do.” Read more: https://bit.ly/3hBNTZs #WeareUCA #MakersofUCA #Film #filmmaking #filmcourse #filmisnotdead #art #movie #cinema #filmmaker #director #cinematography #video #creative #movies #filmcommunity #producer #getcreative #filmeducation #filmfestival #shortfilm #filmmaker #festival